Opinion: Newt Gingrich’s strategy for another Republican Revolution; 2+2=4 -- full video


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President Obama sneaked away from the media this weekend, reportedly to watch a daughter’s soccer game, and then, like Tiger Woods, he returned to the golf course but with no one allowed to watch.

Much of the attention to Republican politics this weekend focused on the rousing appearance of former Gov. Sarah ‘Time to Reload’ Palin at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. We published the video of her full remarks right here courtesy of ubiquitous C-SPAN.

Other prominent Republicans who may well also be 2012 candidates passed up the conference, including Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty.

Flying in largely under the radar was the almost always provocative Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a driving architect of the historic Republican takeover of both houses of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections. Many in the GOP hope to replicate that event in November in this next first midterm election of a new White House Democrat suffering in the polls and driving an unpopular agenda.


As is his wont, Gingrich -- teleprompterless, as an audience member notes at the opening -- walks through history to make his case that Obama’s is the most radical administration in American history and confronting the greatest internal conflict in more than a century.

Gingrich sees this election campaign as ‘not a normal series of elections’ but ‘a fundamental fight over the core definition of America.’

‘The more we make this about the nature of America,’ the former Speaker argues, ‘the weaker they are.’

Gingrich, like most Americans, has not formally ruled out a White House run for 2012, suggesting like his possible competitors that he’ll evaluate the scene early in 2011.

Meanwhile, what’s on his mind? Give it a listen right below here (or read the full transcript) because, whether you agree or not, you’re likely to spot its themes many times in coming months:

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